GAPYEONG, South Korea — It’s just one floral tribute among hundreds here, but the stand of white paper chrysanthemums draped by a ribbon of Korean characters bears some unique political and diplomatic weight, David R. Sands of The Washington Times reports.
The wreath expresses the condolences of new young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the death of Unification Church founder and spiritual guide the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who devoted much of his life and ministry to seeking an end to the long standoff that has divided the Korean Peninsula for more than 60 years. (Full Article - Rev. Moon lauded for efforts to reunify Koreas)
In a culture that values both hierarchy and diplomatic nuance, the effusive welcome given the Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, the 33-year-old youngest son of Rev. Moon and his designated spiritual successor, on a visit to Pyongyang just days after his father’s death turned heads in both Seoul and Washington. The warm reception also sent a strong signal that the Unification Church’s pioneering business ventures in the North, including a car manufacturer and a resort hotel, will not only survive but also expand despite Rev. Moon’s passing.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the international religious leader and founder of the Unification Church and the Universal Peace Federation, was laid to rest on September 15 in a series of moving ceremonies held in the mountainous countryside just outside Seoul that Father Moon loved so much in life. (See also One Family Under God Is Dr. Sun Myung Moon’s Lasting Legacy)
In addition to the 50,000 mourners packed in and around the Cheongshim Peace Stadium, church officials estimated that several millions more participated in the ceremony through live web broadcast and satellite programs in over 100 nations. After a selection of messages of support and condolence received from Korean and world leaders were shown to the mourners on the giant video screens, live coverage began. Father Moon’s body, which had been lying in state for eight days at a small chapel at the nearby Cheon Jeong Goong museum, was reverently led out to the waiting vehicles.
Slowly, the flower-bedecked procession wound its way down the mountainside, through wisps of fog and cloud, to the stadium where the tens of thousands of mourners—women dressed in white and cream and men with dark suits and white ties—were waiting in somber silence. Read full article
The legacy of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon will forever be tied to the fight to defeat communism, a cause to which he devoted much of his life’s work and, in the process, earned a place in history as a contributor to the end of the Cold War, reports Ben Wolfgang of the Washington Times.
The fall of the Soviet Union was to Rev. Moon, who passed away on September 3rd in South Korea, much more than a changing of the guard in international politics. To him, it represented a landmark victory in a struggle between good and evil.
“Finally, in 1989, the Berlin Wall was torn down and on Christmas Eve 1991, the Soviet empire collapsed after having held the world in fear for 74 years. I thank God that the free world prevailed in this historic struggle, which truly was an ideological battle over acknowledging God or not,” he said in 2002, speaking at a banquet celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Washington Times, which he founded.
Dear Mother Moon and Members of the Moon Family.
Excellencies. Distinguished Guests. Ambassadors for Peace. Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is my distinct privilege to pay tribute to Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon on the occasion of his passing into the spiritual world. On the one hand, this is a day of sadness, as we reflect on the loss of a man we all came to know and love. We could witness his absolute conviction and passion toward carrying out the will of God. He was always ready to risk his life for the sake of God’s Will.
Mother Moon I know you must be very sad today. And at the same time, you must also be very proud to have loved and lived, side by side, with this great man of destiny for more than 50 years. You know him not only as your husband, the father of your children, or the great man of peace known around the world. You know the man who, as a young boy, was called by Jesus Christ to take up his mission to restore the world; to build God’s Kingdom; and establish a world of universal peace. You know the man who came to know the heart of God, and the man who came to embody the true love of God, as True Father. Together you stand as True Parents.
Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Universal Peace Federation, will have an ascension (funeral) ceremony on September 15th in a Church complex to the north east of Seoul attended by followers and some of the many leaders he has touched during his life.
Peace was his focus, peace the lifelong theme of his preaching. Beyond a devotion to love and family, the third persistent theme in the teachings and ministry of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was the search for ways to promote peace in the world, articulated in often surprising ways by a man who approached the theme through both lofty concept and down-to-earth practical application reports Jennifer Harper of the Washington Times.
Throughout his life, Rev. Sun Myung Moon carried out his work for world peace and the restoration of humanity through many different projects and programs. One of the most dramatic was the suggestion to physically link the nations of the world through the proposed Korea-Japan Tunnel and Bering Strait Tunnel, conceived as crucial links in a proposed International Peace Highway.
The International Peace Highway and the Japan Korea Tunnel
Rev. Moon first proposed the construction of the International Peace Highway to an audience of leading international scholars, including Nobel laureates, at the 10th International Conference on the Unity of Science held in Seoul on November 10 1981. The International Peace Highway reflects his grand vision to eventually remove national boundaries and bring humanity together as one by connecting the world through a highway network.
Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon
Founder of Universal Peace Federation
September 30th, 2012, 1:00 pm Reception
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Memorial Service
Friends Meeting House, Opposite Euston Station
173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ